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New firmware coming

Canon has posted a article in their forum indicating that a firmware fix for the 5D Mark III and the 1dx is being tested to speed up autofocus when using the AF assist liight on a Canon Speedlight.  Many users have noted that focus is slow to be achieved compared with older models.  A quote from their post is given below.

“Canon has confirmed that, depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and 1dx digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam. We are developing a firmware update to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The schedule for release of this firmware update will be announced shortly.”



Canon has started a new campaign to raise awareness about counterfit products.  The ones that affect most photographers are batteries and chargers. Unfortunately, they only give vague hints of things to check for when you suspect that you have a counnterfit product.  The main point is that you should buy from a established dealer.

There is a hotline setup to report issues with counterfit batteries.

In the USA, you can report any questionable sources or purchases to


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 15, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has rolled out a consumer-safety initiative that will promote awareness of a consumer electronics industry-wide issue: the risks of using counterfeit accessories for digital cameras and camcorders, especially batteries and chargers. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real products, designed to take advantage of the superior value of the real product. These fake accessories are produced in a manner that is increasingly more difficult for average consumers to identify. Purchase of these products can lead to potentially dangerous results. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit accessories may not meet government and industry safety standards and may overheat, smoke, melt, ignite and may cause bodily injury and property damage.

In support of this initiative, a digital campaign, with the tagline, “Play it safe. Power your Canon with Canon Power” was launched on January 8, advising consumers to avoid counterfeits by purchasing products through established retail channels. In addition, the Canon USA Website has been enlisted to educate consumers on the Canon batteries and chargers most frequently counterfeited and to provide helpful tips to spot them.

“Canon takes safety seriously and, as good corporate citizens, we want to inform and educate so that consumers are aware of the risks counterfeit products pose,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We will be rolling out an initiative over the next few months, encouraging consumers to help play it safe with genuine Canon power when making an investment in a camera or camcorder and its accessories, so that they may continue to enjoy the quality experience they expect from us.”

For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits.

Canon General / After CES Whats Next for Canon?
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:22:46 PM »

After a decided lack of exciting Canon DSLR announcements  at CES, the next big show coming up will be CP+ from January 31  – Feb 3 2013.  Canon and Nikon each have  huge spaces reserved for their exhibits at the Pacifico Yokohama, Japan exihibition hall and traditionally have made some major announcements at CP+.

Will the long awaited EF 200-400mm f/4 L finally be announced?  It was two years ago in 2011 at CP+ that Canon announced that lens development program, so what better place to announnce the lens formally.

Many are also thinking a 70D or the 7D Mark II is due.

We do not have any inside information or leaks at this point, so this is just pure speculation, but Canon is almost certain to announce some new products.

New lenses are the toughest products to predict, but recent new lens rumors beyond the 200-400mm f/4 L  might find fufillment at CP+ as well.

Expect  more to come and rumors will abound as the show gets near. If there is to be a major announcement, it should happen in the next 10 days.

Site Information / New Spam Checker - Some Issues
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:55:15 PM »
CR has installed a new spam checker and there will be a break-in period while the bugs are being worked out.  Meanwhile, some posts may trigger the checker as spam, and cause a post to he placed on hold.  Most of these are actual spam, but some are things that we do not yet understand.

Please bear with us.  Some common photography terms or lens names might be the culpret. 

If you are having a issue, please send a e-mail to Canon rumors with the url of the post.  We will try to figure it out.

5D MK III Sample Images / 5D MK III Images
« on: March 21, 2012, 09:16:45 PM »
Please post the sample images from your new 5D MK III here. 

EOS Bodies / MOVED: 5Dlll CF/SD
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:35:03 PM »

EOS Bodies / List of 5D Mark III Review Links
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:28:53 PM »
Put links in this thread, there are already many repeat threads started, and I'll merge them here.  In the future, repeat threads on the same subject will be merged or removed.

Here is a Start, I'm sure that there are many more.



















Site Information / NEW 8-7-2014 --- Posting Images - Now Thumbnails
« on: August 05, 2011, 07:18:10 PM »
Images can be posted on our site by clicking the insert image icon (far left lower row) and inserting the url of the image on your website.   The image will display no larger than 800 X 800 pixels.  If the image is larger than 800 X 800, clicking on it will show it full size, but cropped to 800 X 800 so it may not be useful.

As a alternative, you can attach up to 10 images to your post, totaling no more than 10MB.  The Image display is a 200 X 200 thumbnail and can be clicked to enlarge.  This was done to decrease loading time for posts with many images.

I hope that this helps you post your images.  Flickr has there own set of rules for getting a link, and I don't use it, I know it changes regularly.

Site Information / Posting rules
« on: August 04, 2011, 03:01:10 PM »
Some users have asked for a set of posting rules.  We are not into the business of making a specific set of rules and laws, its impossible to cover everything.

Moderators will use their best judgement to remove offensive items and issue warnings or even bans. 

Here are some general common sense rules that will result in a warning, or even a ban. the list is far from complete.   >:(


1.  Posting Spam results in immediate and permanent ban.  This can be in the body, the signature, or a attachment, or any other method.

2.  Selling - Do not  link to your personal items for sale on ebay or other sites.  We are testing a selling forum, and may implement selling on the site if successful. 

3.  Improper or abusive language, Obscenities, discriminatory language, or other language not suitable for public forums

4.  Insulting other members or moderators / administrators.  Be civil.  This means no critical or spiteful comments directed at other reviews posted on the site, or their authors

5.  Politics - This is a subject that many have strong feelings about, and is sure to start a flame war.  Political threads disguised a photography discussion will be removed.

6. We do not have a method to ban under age children from using the site, so do not post nude images, even though tasteful.  Posting Poronographic images will result in being banned

7.  Software cracks.  Discussion of them is prohibited, a link to one will result in a ban.

We Like  :)

Links to your personal photography website containing your images is encouraged.  However, if it appears to be primarily a advertising site, a warning will be issued.

Attach your photos.

Post your hands-on reviews of Canon Cameras and Lenses.

Discuss  photography and video topics.

Site Information / Signatures
« on: August 04, 2011, 02:44:44 PM »
New members naturally want to create a signature to list their web site or other information about themselves.  Unfortunately, SEO spammers have discovered signatures as well, and have written software robots to search out blogs and add signatures full of links to business websites.  Most of the businesses do not know or care how it happens, but their Google ranking jumps.

However, it also turns a blog into a link farm, and runs the risk of being blacklisted by search engines.

Therefore, new members do not get to add a signature until they have posted enough times about actual photography topics that we are sure they are not spammers.

When this happens, their status will be upgraded and they will be able to add signatures.  This happens normally after several posts. 

Software & Accessories / Counterfit Camera Accessories
« on: June 21, 2011, 11:52:11 PM »
In addition to counterfit flash memory cards, there are lots of counterfit batteries floating around.  I'd be reluctant to buy a Canon battery unless it is from a authorized Canon Dealer.

The Digital Picture has a article about this.


I don't know how many copies they have, but $119.99 is a good price.


Canon General / CPS Discounts
« on: May 24, 2011, 07:06:34 PM »
Canon wants CPS Members to register all of their equipment!

I received the following in a e-mail today.



We would like to take the time to remind you that all products sent in for repair are required to be registered in order to take advantage of your CPS repair discount. As of July 1st, any unregistered products sent in for repair will not be eligible for discount and returned to you. These products will not be eligible for service back-up loans under your current CPS account.

We encourage you to review your CPS account and register any unregistered products through your account
at www.usa.canon.com/cps before the specified deadline date.

In the instance of illegible or worn serial numbers, please contact your local service facility for retrieval.
We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to continue providing you with quality service.

Thank you,
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Animal Kingdom / Killdeer
« on: May 12, 2011, 10:34:05 PM »
Every Year, a pair of Kildeer nest somewhere along or near our driveway.  This spring, they are about 6 ft off our driveway in gravel thrown up when I plowed snow last year.  They always nest in the rocks, their eggs blend in very well.

I took my 5d MK II and 24-105mm L along with me tonight, and drove by in my truck hoping to get a photo, but they flew away.  I drove back a few minutes later with the same result.  They do not fly from our car, but I guess the truck scares them.

I did take a photo of the nest, and then of the bird about 25 ft away giving me the evil eye.  I did not want to disturb them further, but next time I'll drive by in my wife's car, and have my 100-400mm L which should get a closer shot.  I'll add them in a few days.

The images are cropped, and the focus of the nest was off.  The birds are 1:1 cropped, and aren't the sharpest I've taken.  I was too hurried, since I do not like disturbing them.

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